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The Princess and the Pony Hardcover – June 30, 2015
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From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Rambunctious Princess Pinecone is the smallest warrior in her kingdom, but what she lacks in size, she makes up for in enthusiasm. Tired of receiving novelty sweaters for her birthday, Pinecone asks her parents for a big, strong battle horse—and receives a chubby little pony with a vacant expression, and incurable flatulence, instead. Though he doesn't fit the standard requirements of the typical trusty steed—"It's too small! It's too round! And I think its eyes are looking in different directions…(This was true, but only sometimes.)"—the little pony proves to be a surprising asset on the day of her great battle. Chunky, colorful digital illustrations provide plenty of detail to keep readers entertained; older children will enjoy exploring all of the different posters marking Pinecone's walls, or some of the sillier warriors in the battle fray, including one sneakily eating a hot dog. The text contains a healthy dose of alliteration and buzzwords that will boost vocabulary ("Pinecone was flabbergasted, flummoxed, floored!") while making for a fun read-aloud. VERDICT A highly recommended, charmingly illustrated tale of teamwork and tenderness.—Ashleigh Williams, School Library Journal
An ALA Notable Children's Book
CBC Children's Choice Book Award Winner (Illustrator of the Year)
Indies Choice and E.B. White Read-Aloud Book Award Finalist
"I don't know how you make such a pretty book that has heart and wisdom and also a farting pony, but Kate Beaton does, and we are lucky that she does." -- Jon Klassen, Caldecott-winning creator of This Is Not My Hat and I Want My Hat Back
"It is the perfect, perfect book about girls, gender roles, and adorable ponies." -- Cory Doctorow, boingboing.net
* "[H]ip, modern, and absolutely refreshing... [T]his warrior princess breaks the mold -- and Beaton is in a class of her own." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "It's a smart, brisk story that tosses aside conventional ideas of what princesses (and ponies) are 'supposed' to be." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "A highly recommended, charmingly illustrated tale of teamwork and tenderness." -- School Library Journal, starred review
* "The perfect combination of heartwarming and hilarious." -- Booklist, starred review
Praise for Hark! A Vagrant:
Included on more than twenty Year's Best lists, including Time, E!, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon.com.
* "That rarest combination of literate irony and devastatingly funny humor." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Not only fun, but also a good lead-in for teens who may want to explore authors and events they first discover in the riffs here." -- School Library Journal
Other Awards for Kate Beaton:
2009 Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent
2011 Harvey Award for Best Online Comics Work
2012 Harvey Award for Best Online Comics Work
2012 Harvey Award Special Award for Humor in Comics
2012 Harvey Award for Best Cartoonist
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Top Customer Reviews
I am so disappointed in this book, it's lacking the clever wit that I've come to expect from Kate Beaton. It has very little humor except for fart jokes. The ending made me cringe. It would be one thing if Pinecone was a fluffy cupcake of a girl living in a warrior village and teaches everyone that it's ok to show your soft side. But she isn't!! She wants to be a fierce and accomplished warrior, but is forced to accept the fact that her only value in society is looking cute in a cozy sweater.
This book really missed the mark in my opinion. Kate Beaton, please make a sequel where Pinecone achieves something other than being cute. I believe in you.
I adore "Hark! A Vagrant" (Ms. Beaton's web comic) and decided that this would be a great way of showing her how much I appreciate her work.
All in all, I enjoy the book (my niece hasn't come to stay, yet). The illustrations are excellent, and Princess Pinecone is a strong character, in the vein of Merida from the movie "Brave", rather than the typical 'pink princess who needs to be saved' trope.
My only quibble - and this more because I fear what my sister will say if my niece tells her - is the VERY minimal "potty humor": there are a few jokes about farts. And the only reason the fart jokes bug me is because we've had a heck of a time trying to teach my niece that "potty humor" is often not appropriate.
If you're okay with a couple of jokes about flatulence, though, then I HIGHLY recommend it! I can't wait to share it with my niece!
"The Princess and the Pony" is cute, funny, and has an inspiring lesson. My 4 year old son loved it and asked me to read it to him over and over. He loved it when the pony fell down, a certain 2-page spread near the end of the book, and every time the pony farted, and I appreciated the lesson, the diverse characters and Kate Beaton's inimitable style. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a modern, funny picture book.